On International Women’s Day, MOTHERLAND (Bayang Ina Mo) by Ramona Diaz returns to Philippine cinema at the Cine Adarna of the UP Film Center on March 8, Thursday, 7pm.
This is only the 3rd time this multi-awarded documentary film shall be screened in the Philippines. The screening is organized by DAKILA through its Active Vista Center in partnership with the UP Film Institute and Grrrl Gang Manila.
MOTHERLAND won the Commanding Vision Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Viktor Award at the Munich International Documentary Festival, and was featured at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017. It premiered in the Philippines last November 2017.
Motherland takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women—Lea, Aira and Lerma—emerge to share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. While each of them faces daunting odds at home, their optimism, honesty and humor suggest a strength that they will certainly have to summon in the years ahead.